Karel Goetghebeur is the owner and driving force of the internationally known Belgian saxophone brand "Adolphe Sax & Cie".
In 2014 Karel came up with the idea to recycle artillery shells from the world wars and turn them into saxophones.
After a long journey with a lot of obstacles, he was finally able to officially announce the Sax4Pax project days before his initial deadline which was
Armistice, November, 11th 2018.
As with any project it took a team to bring this project to fruition. Find out about the other people behind Sax4Pax.
At Ralph Bunche Park near the UN building in New York City called "The Isaiah Wall", depicting a prophecy from Isaiah 2:4.
It talks about a time that there will be peace. Ralph Bunche was the first African-American to receive the Noble Peace Prize.
This prophecy inspired Karel to turn used battlefield artillery shells into saxophones. These shells were made from brass, a copper alloy also used to make saxophones. Shells used to make war have been turned into a tool to promote peace and understanding.
“From Hatred to Harmony.”
NATIONAL COLLECTION CAMPAIGN WAS A SUCCES!
From the end of 2018 through February 2019, we held a collection campaign in Belgium, asking people to donate their prized collection of their old artillery shells. Every decorated shell was photographed to preserve their place in history.
It was a resounding success! 546 artillery shells were collected (we didn't count all the gun casings!), for a total of 989 kg (2180 lbs) = 116% of the required minimum to create 193 saxophones. Shells used on the battlefields of war have changed from weapons of hatred to saxophones of harmony.
"Verily a beautiful and meaningful initiative!"
— Paul Breyne Former provincial governor
Commissioner-general commemoration of the First World War
What people say about the Sax4Pax project